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Well done Copenhagen – there are more bicycles on the streets than cars!

Well done Copenhagen – there are more bicycles on the streets than cars!

Few decades ago, local city administration in Copenhagen gave themselves a task to increase the number of cyclist in their city. Since 1970, they counted the number of cars and cyclists manually with hand counters. In that year, observation showed that there are 351.133 cars, and three and a half times bicycles less on the streets.

Cars and bicycles in numbers

For the first time in history, the number of bicycles exceeded the number of cars in Copenhagen. Last year, the sensors counted 265.700 bicycles vs 252.600 cars. 20 automated sensors were installed on different locations in the city in 2009.
Bicycle traffic grew by 68 percent over the past 20 years, thanks to investment in cycling and pedestrian infrastructure. In the past year, the cycling traffic grew by 15 and traffic of cars decreased by one percent. Citizens say that bike became the fastest way to move around the city.